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The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

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David Harvey and the Crisis of Capitalism

Here’s what social theorist/geographer/anthropologist David Harvey has to say about the current crisis:

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The Polish Foreign Minister’s Case for Saving the Eurozone

At a time when the world is looking at Euroland and wondering whether any courageous leaders will step up and do something about the unraveling economic situation, Radek Sikorski did not disappoint. In a speech delivered in Berlin yesterday, the … Continue reading

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Metaphors and other Hitchensian Treasures Hidden in Internet

This metaphor comes to us via The Chorus and Cassandra, a 1985 essay by Christopher Hitchens in defense of Noam Chomsky. At the time, Chomsky was taking a lot of flak from those on the right regarding his views on … Continue reading

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Comparative Advantage in Trans-Atlantic Relations

I think it’s generally safe to say that Europeans think of themselves as morally superior to Americans. There’s less inequality in Europe, more social benefits and Europeans respect things like human rights and the Geneva Conventions. I also think it’s … Continue reading

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All the Bulls are in Poland

Throughout the great recession Poland has remained one of Europe’s few bright spots. It hasn’t gone into recession, commercial real-estate is booming and the retail sector continues to grow despite both a relatively high marginal savings rate (which to be … Continue reading

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Looking at Maps Differently

These maps have been around for a while but it’s still really interesting to see the distribution of the world’s wealth measured by GDP per capita. Basically a region’s wealth correlated with it’s population until the Industrial Revolution when Europe … Continue reading

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